Definition of ganger in US English:

ganger

noun

British
  • The foreman of a gang of laborers.

    • ‘‘He was a ganger and was moved to a place called Bradleys (near Walkaway) and then he was shifted out to Geraldton and from there the family moved to Bringo,’ she said.’
    • ‘After a short period, in 1970 he was appointed a ganger in the Athy / Cherryville area, which included Kildare.’
    • ‘He retired as ganger in 1982, and took up golf and bowls.’
    • ‘The only thing you would get before ten-thirty, when the ganger would call for tea and you could get a mug of the hot stuff, made in an urn complete with a couple of pints of milk and two pounds of sugar, ready-assembled and boiled to death.’
    • ‘He ended up as a road ganger under a current road engineer, whom I understand has been in that position with Kildare County Council for the past 28 years.’
    • ‘In his younger years, he worked for Roscommon County Council where he held position as ganger.’
    • ‘Next to it there was a basketball game in progress composed mostly of gangers.’
    • ‘We'll only be the gangers now and we are accepting this policy for €45m.’
    • ‘He is quite sympathetic, even though he's a press ganger when first we meet him.’
    • ‘He's been a formworker, concreter, paver, labourer, patcher and ganger, driven forklifts and all-terrain vehicles on construction sites across the northern state.’
    • ‘Although conditions were hard on the gangers, there was no slowing down during the extremely hot summer months.’
    • ‘Joe also served with Mayo County Council and was for many years a ganger with the Council in this region.’
    • ‘The navvies were organised under gangers, men who organised the gangs of labourers.’
    • ‘In the later years he worked as ganger with the Mayo Co. Council, Belmullet.’
    • ‘‘The ganger was from Galway and stayed in our house, paying my mother £1 per week for his keep,’ he says.’
    • ‘Dan, as he was affectionately known, worked as a ganger for Mayo Co. Council for many years until his retirement and was very popular with his superiors and for all those who worked under him.’
    • ‘Martin who was in his 86th year worked as a ganger for many years with the board of works, and was greatly admired and respected by all who had the pleasure of knowing him, he was a good friend and a good neighbour.’
    • ‘He hawked his wares and George was foreman ganger at the station.’
    • ‘A very highly respected member of the community, a hardworking, industrious farmer, he was also a ganger with Mayo County Council for many years until his retirement and was very popular with his superiors and workers.’
    boss, manager, manageress, foreman, forewoman, overseer, controller, supervisor, superintendent
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Pronunciation

ganger

/ˈɡaNGər//ˈɡæŋər/